2 Corinthians Summary

Book Summary

The book opens with comfort and ends in comfort, in-between we have much of Paul’s testimony, how he was battered , shipwrecked, persecuted and stripped. Paul tells us of his sufferings, oppressions and his thorn in the flesh. However the punch of the book is comfort and that in all tribulations we have consolations in Christ. In fact through sufferings our hearts draw closer to God as He is able to comfort us, for all suffering in this life is working in us for our good, molding us into His image. Paul puts it this way – “that your light affliction is working for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Paul describes the true Christians at Corinth as “living epistles.” For some people the only bible that they will read is ourselves. The words of the bible are spirit and life, that is they work in us and become our life, the words of the bible are living and powerful, God will use His word to form Christ in us – for the word to become flesh in our lives.

“thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” When we understand how much God has given us on the cross it becomes our reasonable service to give all of ourselves as living sacrifices. We can’t out give God for He already has out given everyone with His gift to all who come to Him. This realization should make me want to give. In fact giving becomes better than receiving because when you give it allows God to work in you. When you give there is room for God to move, to work in and to change. Giving is better than receiving because giving works for our benefit, it changes our hearts, it helps with our selfishness, it makes us become more like God. This is because God is a giver, He has given us His indescribable gift so by giving we are showing God, we are reflecting Him, reflecting the most glorious thing in the universe.

2 Corinthians Chapter Summaries

2 Corinthians Major Themes

Thanksgiving for God's Compassion and Comfort
Paul's Clear Conscience
Paul Delays His Visit to Corinth
The God of Comfort
A Clear Conscience
A Visit Postponed
God of All Comfort

Forgive and Comfort the Offender
Triumphant Ministry in Christ
A Sinner Forgiven
A Trip to Macedonia
A Ministry of Life or Death
Forgive the Sinner
Triumph in Christ

New Covenant Ministry
Living Letters
Paul's Competence
Ministers of the New Covenant

Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord
Treasure in Earthenware Jars
The Light of the Gospel
Treasure in Clay Jars
Treasure in Jars of Clay

Absent from the Body and at Home with the Lord
Controlled by the Love of Christ
Our Future after Death
The Ministry of Reconciliation
Our Heavenly Dwelling

Afflictions of God's Servants
Do Not Become Unevenly Yoked with Unbelievers
The Character of Paul's Ministry
Separation to God
The Temple of the Living God

Paul's Joy at the Corinthians' Repentance
Joy and Repentance

Generosity in Giving
Arrangements for Administering the Corinthians' Gift
Appeal to Complete the Collection
Administration of the Collection
Encouragement to Give Generously
Commendation of Titus

God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Motivations for Giving
The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem
The Cheerful Giver

Paul's Ministry Defended
Paul's Apostolic Authority
Paul Defends His Ministry

Paul Defends His Apostleship
Paul Boasts in His Sufferings
Paul and the False Apostles
Paul's Sufferings for Christ

A Vision of Paradise
Paul's Concern for the Christians at Corinth
Sufficient Grace
Signs of an Apostle
Paul's Concern for the Corinthians
Concern for the Corinthian Church

Final Warnings to the Church at Corinth
Final Greetings and Benediction
Final Warnings and Exhortations
Final Warnings